BlackRock Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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    Portfolio Analytics Group Analyst

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst - Portfolio Analytics Group in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst - Portfolio Analytics Group in New York, NY

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Pay is on par with industry standard
    -Big name

    Cons

    -There are many different teams within PAG, but there is NO WAY for you to choose or at least know about the teams before you come. So you may end up in a team that you don't fit in. And certainly there are teams that are much worse than others in terms of culture and career prospect.
    -The work is really technical with heavy use of SQL, Unix, and Perl, and many of the processes involve Aladdin, the in-house tools BlackRock uses. So it's not really a finance job but rather a tech/data job, and the skill set you acquires is very limited, especially if you plan to move to another firm.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and open about the roles when recruiting


  2. Review

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work with a bunch of smart people. Great bunch of folks.

    Cons

    Getting to the top is not easy as you are working with a bunch of smart folks.

    Advice to Management

    See through the weeds. Smart people exist everywhere in the organization, sometimes you need to dig deeper.


  3. Many rewarding days...but some FML days

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and a great environment to learn.
    Global reach makes it easier to gain diverse experiences and also travel a bit.
    From an investments perspective, BLK does everything

    Cons

    Work like balance can be a stretch at times. As company grows, its becoming less like the startup it once used to be. BLK might also be a little too large to be as nimble as it can be.


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  5. Top financial firm struggling with substanial growth through acquisition.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Successful from a financial perspective even during hard times.
    Very smart people.
    Hard working, highly energetic environment.

    Cons

    Management ineffective in dealing with the size of the company.
    Moving jobs overseas to India.
    Employees not empowered to make decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Empower employees to make decisions and spend money when necessary.
    Eliminate red tape.


  6. Good company for new starters.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Nice company culture. Opportunity to grow.

    Cons

    Uncompetitive compensation. Technology is not up to date


  7. Company has good future, too much politics

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Portfolio Management in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Portfolio Management in New York, NY

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are market standard
    Work-Life balance is pretty reasonable
    Company has a bright future - especially in fixed income space
    Looks good on resume - respected name by market

    Cons

    Very political environment with overlapping roles (even extends to investment roles)
    Rather difficult for junior employees to rise up
    Internal transfer process is rather unpleasant - base is frozen etc...
    Technology is dated

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate overlapping investment roles (is there really a need for the FI CIO to have his own investment professionals which replicate market coverage with product teams?)

    Take inspiration from Silicon Valley technology and make more user friendly technology


  8. Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing work culture.
    Good work life balance.

    Cons

    The technologies used might be outdated.


  9. Great work culture with smart, dedicated people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Everyone is smart willing to go the extra mile for clients and each other. Great exposure to many areas of investing and with opportunities to make an impact

    Cons

    Struggles with work life balance and often understaffed; hours can be long

    Advice to Management

    Office politics can be difficult to navigate in many groups. Bureaucracy can often be frustrating impedances to innovation and implementation


  10. Very good memorable productive experience.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackRock

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Transparent,Good working culture, Good benefits

    Cons

    Less Career Growth, hierrachical, resist for change in architecture.


  11. Blackrock - Deleware

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Analyst in Wilmington, DE

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Pay, Not Micromanaged, Good Benefits

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted quickly / only get raises or promotions at the end of the year
    Long hours around the end/beginning of the month
    Parking Issue with te 400 building (lottery for a parking pass)
    Directors do not have a lot of out of office events or morale boosters

    Advice to Management

    Increase morale
    Promote people helping each other



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